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 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    July 22, 2021 

Country Roads

Things change and I certainly realize this the older I get. The last several wedding ceremonies I have been attended have been held outdoors at what is called a chosen “Venue” which officially is termed as “the place where something happens, es...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 22, 2021 

Editor's Notebook

I’ve been told history repeats itself and this newspaper is filled with old news. At least part of the time, both are true. History does tend to repeat and this newspaper tries to report on both what is happening and what has happened. In this spac...

 

Ask a Pastor

Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions Q: What does the Bible have to say about anger? Is it a sin to be angry? A: The Christian’s ultimate standard for right and wrong is the character of God Himself (see Matthew 5:48 for one example)....

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 22, 2021 

Puffs

Gosh, last week I had a number of items I was thinking about for this space. However, I did make a note of them and have seemed to have forgotten most of them by Monday morning. So, I think I’ll cover several items without any particular system in...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    July 22, 2021 

Love my crazy life

First and foremost, I have a mistake I need to correct. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the Fourth of July events in Oak and made a mistake. I said the pastor’s name was Keith, it is not. It is Kevin Bogus, and I know this. I often...

 

Country Roads

Recently I saw a social media post made by a great-granddaughter sharing her memories of visiting her great-grandfather’s house as a child. The house was a large two story house that once stood along a road my parents would travel when going to a...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 15, 2021

Editor's Notebook

As a college junior, I took an advanced photojournalism course offered at Kansas State University. I made friends with a fellow photography student who apparently kept close tabs on the weekly...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions Q: What does the phrase “’Vengeance is Mine,’ says the Lord.” really mean?  A:  “Vengeance is mine,” Is an often repeated promise from God to right the wrongs that surround us in this...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 15, 2021

Puffs

I didn’t plan on writing about golf this week, but I played in the “Over 50” golf tournament Sunday at the Lawrence Country Club. That provided the incentive for some of the following observations: * I probably don’t take the game seriously...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    July 15, 2021

Love my Crazy Life

By Teraesa Bruce This week I am writing to you from the pool. With the fair beginning and half of my guards off to church camp, I am short-staffed, so I am down here “managing” things. Working at the pool is like that dream, you know the one,...

 

Country Roads

Living on a farm most all of my life has given me an appreciation of the country life. Mostly it’s the simple things that draw my attention to my surroundings such as the lovely smell of freshly mowed alfalfa; the fragrance of the rain as it falls...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 8, 2021

Editor's Notes

While looking through the archives, I found a copy of the Manhattan Mercury newspaper in which a story I wrote in November of 1965 was published. For my first college level reporting class, I wrote about a college stunt I was involved with. Unlike...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions Q: Is America a Christian Nation? A: I have read many works on the founding fathers and the birth of our nation, along with documents written by the founders during that period. The conclusion I have...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 8, 2021

Puffs

Very interesting . . . At least to me. On occasion I do get contacted about some things I have written about. I hope you don’t think I’m boasting, but most of the time people let me know they enjoy what I’ve written. Some of the time I have...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    July 8, 2021

Love my crazy life

We had a busy weekend with all of the holiday festivities. Friday, we were in Oak for the Fourth of July block party and pot luck. I took a cake made by the women at Caps Cafe. Time got away from me like it always does, and I forgot I needed to make...

 

Country Roads

Happy 245th Birthday of The United States of America! As we celebrate Independence Day over the week-end and into Monday, there will be picnics, BBQs, ball games, camping by a lake, fishing, boating and the firing off of numerous fireworks. Some...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 1, 2021

Editor's Notebook

A longtime subscriber to this newspaper, Ken Torring, drove over from Deshler on Friday. He stopped at the newspaper office to ask if I might be related to Charles Blauvelt, the former editor of the...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions Q: Some Bible passages tell us to ‘pester’ God with our prayers, others say we should avoid vain repetition and just have faith; what gives? How often should we ask God for what we want? A: First let...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 1, 2021

Puffs

“Operation Rescue” is a Pro-Life organization from Wichita, Kan. This week I’m going to use information directly from one of their writers, Cheryl Sullenger, to talk about elections. It may seem strange to talk ‘elections’ here almost two...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    July 1, 2021

Love my crazy life

Just another busy week in this house. Robert is on leave and has been home since Tuesday. I had thought he wasn’t coming home until Thursday evening, but plans change. My house is somewhat clean and put together. I have my dads to thank for that...

 

Lannie Hanel

Lannie Lee Hanel, 74, died Thursday. He was born on May 17, 1947, to William Arnold and Olive Grace (Houdek) Hanel. Lannie grew up on the family farm. He attended Agenda schools and played 6-man football for the Agenda Huskies, graduating in 1965....

 

Country Roads

To those who say, “There are no entertaining events in this area,” I say “Look around. You can get your fill of entertainment right here. Consider what the area has to offer from the end of May through July. At Memorial Day time there is the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 24, 2021

Editor's Notebook

With Father’s Day observed on Sunday, I’ve listened as a number of friends shared stories about what they learned from their fathers and what they did with their fathers. Their stories got me to thinking about the many things I did with my...

 

Ask a Pastor

Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions Q: How do you tell if someone is teaching falsely?  A: The Bible offers two basic tests for truth: agreement with God’s Word and the character of the teacher. As the Nation of Israel was entering...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 24, 2021

Puffs

Reading . . . writing . . . arithmetic . . . For years the basic blocks of a good education, knowledge and wisdom. I’m not sure I possess much of those three blocks, but, I’ve been called a blockhead a number of times, so maybe I’m working my...

 

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